Production and consumption in Asia and the Pacific are outpacing the renewal capacity of natural resources and the capability of local governments in managing their waste. The Asia and the Pacific SDG Progress Report 2020 (UN, 2020) highlights how the region remains unlikely to meet any of the 17 Goals by 2030 at its current pace and that responsible consumption and production (Goal 12) and climate actions (Goal 13) are even moving in the wrong direction. New thinking, values and approaches are essential to 1) move from a linear, "one-way" economy to a closed-loop-economy which reduces, reuses and recycles wastes, and 2) design post-COVID societies that support a sustainable and resilient recovery while accelerating implementation of the SDGs in the region. Even though there is no single solution this situation, some communities have demonstrated that Zero Waste Cities are economically sound and effective solutions to waste problems, while also bringing significant economic, social and environmental benefits through a combination of source separation, banning single-use plastics, and encouraging public engagement. This session therefore aimed to discuss how to develop and implement zero waste cities, policies, plans and strategies through peer learning and opportunities to strengthen linkages between local, national, regional and global actors. These discussions also illustrated lessons for financial institutions, policymakers and civil society for accelerating transformations to implement the 2030 Agenda while recovering sustainably from COVID-19.
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Premakumara Jagath Dickella Gamaralalage, CCET/IGES, 2108-11 Kamiyamaguchi, Hayama, Kanagawa, 240-0115 Japan. Tel: +81-46-874-7636, Fax: +81-46-855-3809 E-mail: [email protected]
Miko Alino, Programme Manager, Asia-Pacific Region, GAIA, Unit 330 Eagle Court Condominium, 26 Matalino Street, Quezon City, Philippines 1100. Tel: +63 2 4264733, E-mail: [email protected]